SPE issues call for scholarship applications

Two $2,000 scholarships for graduate research in composites will be awarded at the annual Automotive Composites Conference and Exhibition (ACCE) in September.

The organizing committee for the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) announced today that it will again bestow two $2,000 scholarships for graduate-level research in polymer composites that has impact on ground transportation. Shares of the proceeds from last year's SPE ACCE are funding this year's scholarships.

Students interested in applying will find a scholarship application form available at www.speautomotive.com/comp.htm. Applications should be submitted electronically to accepapers@speautomotive.com by June 30 for awards to be announced in early August. Winning students are required to report on the results of their findings during the 9th-annual SPE ACCE, which takes place Sept. 15-17, 2009.

Winners will be selected from the pool of qualified applicants by SPE ACCE committee members and representatives from General Motors, Ford Motor Co., and Chrysler LLC. This is the second year conference organizers have offered scholarships. In 2007, two awards were made in honor of journalist and composites-industry insider Steve Loud who passed away in 2006. The recipients were Roston Elwell from Texas A&M University (College Station, Texas) for research on the use of active-core composite sandwich panels; and Alejandro Londono-Hurtado from University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, Wisc.) whose work involves application of computer simulation and numerical modeling to predict variations in fiber orientation and density distribution during molding of fiber-reinforced automotive parts. Both scholarship winners will report their findings at the 2008 SPE ACCE, which will be held Sept. 16-18, 2008 in Troy, Mich.

For more information about the SPE ACCE, visit the Composites' Division website at www.4spe.org/communities/divisions/d39.php, or the Automotive Division's website at www.speautomotive.com/comp.htm , or contact the group at 248-244-8993.